Ensemble Ibérica, Making Movies

Ensemble Ibérica

Making Movies

Thu, July 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


A unique collaboration with Latin Alternative band, Making Movies that explores the rhythmic “pulse of the ports” that created the music of the modern world. Where European, African and indigenous populations intermingle in the cross-cultural climates of Havana, Buenos Aires and New Orleans.

Ensemble Ibérica
Beau Bledsoe - Artistic director, guitars, oud
Beau's performances have been described as “pointedly musical” by Paul Horsley The Kansas City Star. He regularly performs and records with some of the greatest artists in Tango, Flamenco and classical music as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences. Beau studied classical guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music under Douglas Niedt where he received a Master of Music. It was at this time that Beau met many of the musicians that he still performs with today such as tenor, Nathan Granner, soprano, Victoria Botero, composer/pianist, Brad Cox, and Argentine Tango quintet Tango Lorca. He has continued his own musical studies with such masters as Antonio Andrade, Pedro Cortez and Luis Heredia of La Repompa de Málaga. Through his many diverse projects and ensembles, Beau has had the great fortune of performing in almost every state in the United States. In addition, Beau has toured extensively in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia.
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Victoria Botero - soprano
With a voice described as “clear, beautiful and thrilling” Colombian-American Soprano Victoria Botero deftly passes between opera, concert and world music stages in repertoire spanning the early baroque to living composers. Her most recent work has been with the critically acclaimed duo Botero Bledsoe with guitarist Beau Bledsoe in programs that feature the intersection of art, folk and popular music from around the world. Their new CD Un ramo de voz (Tzigane) was released in 2013 followed by a concert tour in the Midwest.
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Karim Memi - vocalist, guitar
Originally from Buenos AIres, Argentina, Karim is a internationally respected performer of Argentine Tango. Her mastery of a vast South American repertoire and songs from France and Spain make her one of the most versatile performers in Kansas City. She was a featured performer on the Tango Lorca recording "Mujer Sola" Tzigane Music 2005 and continues to record and perform throughout the U.S and abroad.
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Fedra Cooper Barrera - vocalist
From Vera Cruz, Mexico, Fedra began her professional career at sixteen in as a model and actress with Televisa under the tutelage of Ernesto Alonso and the great actress Aurora Molina. She later graduated from the school of Miguel Angel Valles with honors at the age of eighteen. Fedra was soon employed by the popular Mexican vocalist Luis Miguel as his principal backing vocalist where she toured Europe, South America and Asia extensively for eight years. Soon after, she recorded her first single with producer Alan Coelho that received airplay in the U.S. and Mexico and later recorded her first solo record produced by Pablo Ortiz. She currently resides in Kansas City and is the manager of the Latin pop group “Miratti”.
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Jeff Harshbarger - bass
Voted 2011 Person of the Year by Plasticsax.com and Best Bassist by Pitch Magazine, Jeff Harshbarger has had quite an eclectic career. A prolific composer and bandleader in his own right, Jeff has recorded and performed across the globe with such varied artists as Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Bobby Watson, Allison Miller, Curtis Fuller, Forever Tango, Eugene Chadborne, Milt Abel, Tango Lorca, Jimmy Carl Black, Krystle Warren, Snuff Jazz, Brad Cox, Nathan Granner, Ghosty, The People's Liberation Big Band of the Greater Kansas City Area and Forrest Whitlow. He is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run collective and record label, and is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in Kansas City. An Artist in Residence for Escape to Create, Jeff has received numerous grants and awards, including The Kennedy Center's Betty Carter Fellowship, the Steans Institute Fellowship and the Professional Development Grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.
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Victor Penniman - viola da gamba
Victor Penniman is a violist da gamba (traditional and electric), composer, producer and educator. He has performed as a soloist and with numerous Historical Performance ensembles, including the Oregon Bach Festival, The Tallahassee Bach Parley, the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, as well as countless modern groups covering a wide variety of genres and repertoire. Based in Kansas City, MO, he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Operation of Early Music Programs from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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Rich Wheeler - saxaphones
Rich Wheeler has been a professional saxophonist and saxophone teacher in the Kansas City area for the past 10 years. Rich studied saxophone with the internationally known Vince Gnojek, and jazz with the equally well known Dan Gailey at the Kansas University. Rich has performed across the US and Europe, and can be heard locally with the Rich Wheeler Quartet, Brandon Draper New Quintet, Topshelf Tunes, Peoples Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, and Son Venezuela. Rich can also be heard on many albums including recording dates with The Yards, New Vintage Big Band, Boulevard Big Band, the Fraga band, two albums from the Brandon Draper Quintet, and the new release "Tamam Abi" by Alaturka.
Making Movies
Making Movies
Making Movies is an American rock and roll band that entrances audiences with their interweaving of Afro-Latino rhythms and psychedelic rock'n'roll riffs. Armed with their ambitious and politically charged new album, I Am Another You, the band punches out one high-energy song after another with theatrics and improvisation littered throughout. Their culture gives way to dynamics too: at times front-man Enrique Chi trades his electric guitar for a folkloric Panamanian mejorana, and the Chaurand brothers hop off drums and percussion to instead supply the rhythmic pulse with dueling zapateados, a traditional dance from Veracruz, Mexico.

The band's political idea is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We are all immigrants.” In supporting that cause, a portion of all proceeds from the upcoming album will go to the National Immigration Law Center. I Am Another You comes out May 26th.

The band has also shared the stage with Arcade Fire, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

“... tough to classify into one genre, which ... makes them that much more appealing.” — CNN en Español

“the band synthesizes what’s happening in ... Latin music better than anyone else out there today.” — MTV
Venue Information:
1520 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO, 64108